The world we live in is constantly changing. Flash floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, wars,terrorism, and the like permeate the news day after day. Can the human race survive? Wouldn’tit be nice to know where we’re headed as a nation, people, and planet?Every sensible person has thought aboutand wants to know where we are in God’sgrand scheme of things. Fortunately for us, God hasn’t left it a mystery. He’sgiven us sixty-six books of testament totell us all about the past, present, andfuture of our planet earth.These books make up the standardChristian Bible, starting with Genesis andits “In the beginning” account, and endingwith Revelation and its “what must soontake place” account. God has given useverything we need to know to take usfrom the beginning to the end of humanlife.
The book of Revelation contains alitany of symbolism,vivid descriptions,graphic text, andallegory; enough todrain the brain powerof any serious Biblestudent. But does ithave to be that hard?
Thanks to Sunday school, most Christians probably feel they have a good grip on the book of Genesis with its stories of the Garden, the nations being created, and God’s beginning promisesto the Jewish nation; but few Christians ever receive clear teaching on the content found inJohn’s Apocalypse, or what is commonly called the book of Revelation.This is probably because the book of Revelation contains a litany of symbolism, vividdescriptions, graphic text, and allegory; enough to drain the brain power of any serious Biblestudent. But does it have to be that hard?It seems odd to think that God would so clearly lay out our beginning but leave us in such a prophetic fog when it comes to our future. The same God who penned Genesis is the God who penned Revelation. Yes, the literature is different (Revelation is prophetic; Genesis is historic) but the author remains the same. If the author remains the same then the understandingChristians have about Genesis should be available in Revelation.A brief glance at three Scripture sections penned by the hand of God should give us someconfidence about Revelation:
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has preparedfor those who love Him – but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit” (1 Corinthians2:9-10). Through the Holy Spirit we can know all the mysteries of God. Anythingyou could imagine asking Him is available for answering through the Holy Spirit.3